by Jeff Beer
"Quick: first thing that pops into your head when you hear “Canadian film." No, Uncle Buck doesn’t count. The few Canuck nerds among you may think Guy Maddin or Denys Arcand, but odds are the rest of the associations involve two hosers or maybe Porky’s.
But over the last few years, another entity has been attracting the attention of mainstream audiences inside and outside of Canada. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has gained a reputation among both film and tech fans for its interactive documentary projects and online screening room, collecting awards from around the world for pushing the boundaries of narrative storytelling on the web. In fact, even if you can’t name the Canadian prime minister (come on… no Googling) or locate Moose Jaw on a map, if you’re a fan of film, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some NFB-originated work in the last few years...."
Case in point, the Sundance splash made by Bear 71 in recent weeks. That project, which looks at issues of technology and surveillance by following the fate of a grizzly in Alberta’s Banff National Park, continues the NFB’s run of interactive innovation in film.
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